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    Re: Do you name your instruments?

    Nope, never have given any instrument a personal name.

    Like some of you, they are called prosaic things like " the Vietnamese mandolin", the ES-175", "the black acoustic".
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    Re: My latest oud, completed today :)

    Yes that's the right neck length for an oud. The lavta has a neck that joins the body at the octave and has many frets.




    Interesting - a combo! I have a Moroccan oud that is Arabic in build...
  3. Re: Is The Note On The 5th Fret Of Your Mando’s “A” String a “D”?

    Sorry. I assumed it was the usual attempt to "sweeten" tunings. I had no idea there was an effort to make a guitar match a piano.

    That may not work so well, as a piano has the outside octaves...
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    Re: bVII—IV—I (NMC)

    "Sweet Home Alabama" seems to be in G, as far as I hear it.
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    Re: My latest oud, completed today :)

    Arabic or turkish scale?

    Nice!
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    Re: Finger style Mandolin

    Is he still using a thumbpick sort of thing for duet style? He sure was good at it when i heard him.
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    Re: Old-time on Dotara (Indian Lute)

    That's what I was hoping for, thanks!
  8. Re: Is The Note On The 5th Fret Of Your Mando’s “A” String a “D”?

    Anytime you move the frets away from the 12th root of 2 system that determines the placement in 12 tone Equal Temperament you may get the intonation closer to "true temperament"...in one tonal center...
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    Re: bVII—IV—I (NMC)

    Good article indeed - and it mentions the Beatles' use of the double plagal changes.
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    Re: Old-time on Dotara (Indian Lute)

    Cool...and I'd love to hear some of the music that is usually played on dotara too.
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    Re: bVII—IV—I (NMC)

    I prefer the V of V; for example, the bridge to "I Got Rhythm" in Bb is D7 /G7/ C7 / F7 /

    which is V of V of V of V; V of V of V ; V of V; V
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    Re: bVII—IV—I (NMC)

    Correct. And the "bVII - IV - I" is a double plagal cadence.

    Somewhere on the web is an analysis of the Beatles' music and it uses this term.
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    Re: How high do you go

    Thanks, that was one of the pieces I was thinking of (and not remembering) when I made my last post.
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    Re: How high do you go

    Some of the music by writers like Calace and Munier goes past the 24th fret in some passages. I can't recall exactly right now, sorry.
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    Re: Ready to get my hillbilly on!

    Certainly! After all, that's what those Gibson mandolins were made for in the first place.
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    Re: How high do you go

    On the one mandolin I own with a full upper register...I do use those notes!
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    Re: Ready to get my hillbilly on!

    Inna-gadda-da-vida?

    Caravan with a drum solo?
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    Re: Ready to get my hillbilly on!

    For me, that was true back in the years when I did Renn Faires and stuff like that w/ an out-of-period bowlback.

    Overall, though, at least since I moved to California, folks associate mandolins...
  19. Re: A small bowlback - travel mandolin? piccolo mandolin?

    I think these things were designed for self-amusement, hence the small sound, AND for a time when men's fashion allowed for finding a place for a long thin instrument, unlike our modern clothing.
    ...
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    Re: Ready to get my hillbilly on!

    It was already pretty well established in Italy and Europe; then there were the late 1800's mandolin orchestras, for which the F 5 was intended....plus string bands in both old-time music AND jazz...
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    Re: International Jazz Day

    I certainly do appreciate it! Take care, David
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    Re: International Jazz Day

    Sure...for the last few weeks jazz is what I've been playing. I'm a native of New Orleans - jazz is my folk music.

    Here's something in a totally different style, from one of the very first masters...
  23. Re: A small bowlback - travel mandolin? piccolo mandolin?

    No, it's double strung - but it's a 2 strings on a post tailpiece.
  24. Re: A small bowlback - travel mandolin? piccolo mandolin?

    pocket mandolin?
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    Re: A very water-damaged bowlback

    Ouch.
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